Afua Atta-Mensah in our Annual Leader Meeting last June 16, 2018.

Afua Atta-Mensah in our Annual Leader Meeting last June 16, 2018.

NYC paying $2bn for gross housing violations

Afua Atta-Mensah, @CVHaction Executive Director joins the By Any Means Necessary show to discuss New York City paying $2 billion for serious issues in public housing and how subpar housing has serious consequences for communities. Listen live here: https://sputniknews.com/popup/radio/ 

 CVH Action members during a press conference past week regarding NYCHA and the demand for $2 billion.

CVH Action members during a press conference past week regarding NYCHA and the demand for $2 billion.

Erroll Louis gave a shout out to CVH in his NY Daily News column 

"Reading the complaint was like an unwelcome trip down memory lane for me. Way back in 2007, I remember visiting the Wagner Houses in East Harlem, where activists with Community Voices Heard were demanding action.

“Agnes Rivera, a 57-year-old grandmother and tenant leader, broke down crying while talking about a friend who suffered a heart attack on the 13th floor of 2370 Second Ave. — and perished after paramedics trying to rush her to a hospital got stuck in one of the building's elevators,” I wrote at the time".
Read the complete column, here.

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Holding Out in Harlem, Despite Demolition

Even as his landlord tears down the East Harlem building he lives in, Community Voices Heard member Ray Tirado has stayed put in his apartment. “Harassment by construction” is a critical part of how gentrification takes hold in neighborhoods like this, experts say. Watch the NY Times feature video here.

 

 
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The Progressive Happy Hour: Fighting for Affordable Housing in the Trump Era

Listen to more of The Progressive Happy Hour

With the lack of affordable housing already at a crisis point in cities and towns across the country, last week HUD Secretary Ben Carson floated a plan that would sharply increase what the lowest-income households have to pay in rent.

In the May 4 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” co-hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney sat down with Afua Atta-Mensah, executive director of Community Voices Heard, to talk about the fight for affordable housing under a presidential administration working to gut services for the poorest Americans. Afua urged listeners to take stock of what’s going on in their own communities with housing, to join a local organization focused on this issue, and to ask their representatives in Congress about their affordable housing agendas.